Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens

Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens

B&H # PA145028 MFR # L-ES014050
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Product Highlights

  • For Four Thirds System Cameras
  • Leica D Series Design
  • Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto

Panasonic L-ES014050 overview

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The Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Leica D Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens is an interchangeable bright standard-zoom lens, developed by Leica exclusively for digital SLR cameras, and follows the Four Thirds Standard. This means that the lens is also interchangeable with other manufacturers that use this format.

With a bright maximum aperture of f/2.8 and the incorporated MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), this lens makes it possible - without using a tripod - to capture clear, sharp images even in macro shooting or low-lit situations. This provides users with more shooting flexibility. In addition, the lens maximizes this advantage by incorporating Panasonic's Venus Engine PLUS LSI into the lens.

Aspherical Lenses
Two large-diameter aspherical lenses help the lens meet Leica's extremely high optical performance standards. They help capture images that are clear from corner to corner across the entire zoom range, with minimal distortion.
Multi-coated lens elements reduce ghosting and flare to an absolute minimum, enabling the lens to deliver an optical performance that meets Leica's lofty standards.
Aperture Ring
The included aperture ring, in addition to the zoom and focus rings, provides users with the kind of easy, pleasant, intuitive operation offered by familiar film cameras.
Circular Aperture
7-blade circular aperture diaphragm produces brilliant out-of-focus characteristics.
Four Thirds Standard Lens Mount
Use of the Four Thirds Standard means that this lens can also be used with other manufacturers that have adopted this digital camera standard.
In the Box
Panasonic 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Storage Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic L-ES014050 specs

    Focal Length 14 - 50mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 28 - 100 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8 - 3.5
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Four Thirds
    Angle of View 75° - 24°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.42" / 29 cm
    Magnification 0.32x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
    Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.1 x 4.6" / 7.87 x 11.68 cm
    Weight 1.08 lb / 490 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.9 x 9.3"

    Panasonic L-ES014050 reviews

    14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens This is a great way to get a Leica designed lens. It may have a plastic body, but the glass is Leica spec. It captures great color and detail. With built in OIS at this range you can get good low light even with the f/3.5 end. It is heavy for this size lens, but again excellent lens. Excellent bokeh and quiet focusing. The lens is worth buying if you have any 4/3 cameras. Problems Encountered: None Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Zeiss, Pentax, CanonL Items I Recommend: Good filter to protect the front. Buy the best you can afford
    Date published: 2007-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Quality for the Price! Although the lens is plastic composited, it still has a solid feel. Heavier than similar zooms in this range, but what do you expect from a lens with this much quality glass? Extremely bright TTL at F2.8., which helps correct the inherent problem of 4/3 viewfinders being a bit dark. Aperture ring takes a bit getting used to, unless you're used to shooting film. Extremely silent AF and OIS motor, although the AF is slower than some other lenses. Manual Focus is crisp and smooth, allowing for precise visual control of the bokeh. And the price of this beauty is far below that of other lenses of this caliber. A must have for any 4/3 mount owner... Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Oly f2.8 50-200mm, Oly f3.5 40-150mm Items I Recommend: Panasonic DMC-L1K
    Date published: 2007-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perhaps the sharpest lens of this type Very sharp, which is what you want from any lens. The Leica cache is well founded for this lens. While it is constructed of modern plastics it is very rugged and has that smooth Leica feel. The Bokeh is smooth and quite lovely. The downside with the 4/3 system is the greater depth of field. While this may be an advantage for some types of photography, for portrait work it can be a pain. I use this lens wide open to soften the background as much as possable and it is still very sharp.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Lens, but is now broken This lens was great for the first 3 years I owned it. The one day it decided to stop zooming in past 22. It made no sense to me as I always took great care of the lens. I thought maybe someone else had dropped it and not told me about it until I did some research online. Apparently this has happened to many other photographers using this lens. This was my first lens/camera and I'm not too happy that I need to pay $500 to fix the darn thing because of a defect. I was always under the impression that Leica made top quality products and was a reason I spent the extra money on this camera. I'm no pro, and didn't use the lens on an everyday basis so for it to break down like this for this price is a shock to me. Beware..great lens with the durability of a Dollar Store Item
    Date published: 2010-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this lens, but it is heavy I love this lens. For a 4/3 system, this lens is great. Not that I am knocking 4/3, but a lens must be very sharp to give great photos with this size sensor. It is bright enough to allow focusing in low light situations, as long as it is not totally dark.
    Date published: 2008-02-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Might not be up to Leica build standards I want to love this lens. While it was working, I almost did. It's very sharp at nearly all apertures and fairly fast. I never loved the O.I.S. feature (I never really saw any improvement or reduction in camera shake), but I'm something of an old school photographer. I loved the aperture ring for the same reason. When it was working properly, my main criticisms were weight, size, and the fact that the lens vignettes with anything more than one thin filter. Later, it developed a problem where the zoom blocked solidly at about 22mm rendering the lens a 14 - 22 zoom. An Internet search reveals that it's a pretty common problem and Panasonic often wants around $500 to fix it if it's not covered under warranty. I think I'm going to get the Olympus 14-54 and remember this experience before I buy Panaleica again.
    Date published: 2009-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Optics - read the instructions! I have had this marvelous lens for 4 years and it is superb. I have about a dozen 4/3rds lenses, Leica, high end Oly, and Sigma and this one provides the best in optics, bokeh, sharpness, speed and the mechanical aperture ring is a pleasure to use. Read the instructions. Do not mount/unmount this lens without turning off the OIS! I'm convinced that the users who had their zoom freeze did not religously regard this instruction. You cannot go wrong with this optical marvel.
    Date published: 2013-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Lens On Micro 4/3 Pros: Excellent flexible lens in this price range. Leica quality optics and responsive auto-focus. Nice match for Panasonic DMC-GF1 (with adapter). Con: Casing's plastic components..
    Date published: 2010-03-15
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